Polyvinyl 15th Anniversary Show @ Pygmalion Festival (9/24)

Date October 21, 2011

About a month ago, I was at the Polyvinyl Records 15th Anniversary show in downtown Champaign, IL and I had a blast. It was the first time that Pygmalion Festival has done an outdoor stage and it turned out fantastic. I wanted to do individual reviews for each band but other things kept coming up […]

The Dodos / Ivan & Alyosha @ Pygmalion Festival (9/23)

Date October 17, 2011

The Channing-Murray Foundation (home of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana) was a perfect setting for Ivan & Alyosha‘s exuberant gospel-folk tunes. I ran over as soon as Cut Copy ended to check out the five-piece band from Seattle, who were quite a bit more rollicking and energetic then I had anticipated. In the short time […]

Cut Copy / Washed Out @ Pygmalion Festival (9/23)

Date October 7, 2011

When I saw Washed Out a couple years ago, it was just Ernest Greene and a laptop on stage and I left unimpressed. His opening set on Day 3 of Pygmalion Festival though, was a massive improvement and turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend. What helped the most was the […]

Toro y Moi / Youth Lagoon / Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Pygmalion Festival (9/22)

Date September 29, 2011

New Zealand via Portland band Unknown Mortal Orchestra (or simply UMO) released one of the best debut albums of the year a few months back and I was interested to hear how their warbly psych-pop translated live. These Kiwis stomped all over my expectations delivering a full-out jam session that downplayed the lo-fi, scratchy vibe […]

Explosions in the Sky / Viva Voce @ Pygmalion Festival (9/21)

Date September 26, 2011

The seventh year of Pygmalion Festival opened up with a bang, or more appropriately, an explosion, as Austin, TX-based four-piece Explosions in the Sky played their mind-blowing instrumental post-rock for the sold-out Canopy Club crowd. I became an instant fan of Explosions when their 2005 breakthrough album, The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place […]